Surgical Oncology

The Division of Surgical Oncology at UPMC CancerCenter offers the most advanced surgical care for people with cancer.

As one of the leading surgical programs in the country, the Division consists of the region's finest surgeons who work with each patient and the referring physicians to ensure they are getting the most precise, tailored care for their type of cancer.

Cancers We Treat and Treatment Services

Surgery is a crucial part of many cancer treatments. Our surgical oncologists have a diverse expertise in a number of areas using highly specialized technologies and minimally invasive surgical options:

Cancers We Treat Treatments and Procedures
Brain/Nervous System
  • Breast-conserving surgery
  • Oncoplastic surgery
  • Sentinel node biopsy
  • Skin-sparing mastectomy
  • Colo-anal J-pouch
  • Colo-anal plasty
  • Esophagogastrectomy
  • Ileonal J-pouch
  • Laparoscopic colon resection
  • Small bowel resections
  • Sphincter-sparing surgery
  • Total gastrectomy
  • Trans-anal endoscopic microsurgery
Gastrointestinal (GI)
  • Laparoscopic colon resection
  • Laparoscopic adrenalectomy
  • Laparoscopic pancreatectomy
  • Laparoscopic splenectomy
  • Sphincter-sparing surgery for low cancers
  • Laparoscopic gastrectomy
  • Peritoneal therapy for the treatment of ovarian cancer
  • Aggressive surgical therapy for ovarian cancer
  • New imaging modalities and early detection devices
  • Active research programs targeting new ovarian and cervical screening techniques, including the use of serum proteinomic screening
  • Multiple clinical trials, including experimental and biologic therapies that are improving response rate and survival for patients with gynecologic cancer
Head and Neck
  • Endoscopic, video-assisted thyroidectomy
  • Endoscopic resection of tumors of the vocal cords
  • Partial laryngectomy
  • Endoscopic approaches to skull base tumors
  • Functional, selective neck surgery to remove metastatic cancer
  • Minimally invasive thyroid surgery
  • Cervical lymph node dissection for thyroid cancer
  • Intra-operative ultrasound lymph node mapping for the treatment of recurrent thyroid cancer
  • Postoperative radioactive iodine ablation for thyroid cancer to minimize recurrence
  • Minimally invasive and robotic liver resections
  • Complex open liver resections
  • Local ablation treatments (radiofrequency ablation)
  • Long-term infusional chemotherapy treatments (hepatic arterial infusion pumps)
  • Chemoembolization
  • Radioembolization
  • Regional perfusion chemotherapy
  • Minimally invasive surgery for esophageal cancer
  • Video thoracoscopic lobectomy for lung cancer
  • Wedge resection and brachytherapy for high-risk lung cancer patients
  • CT-guided radiofrequency ablation for lung cancer in patients who are not good candidates for surgery
  • CyberKnife® radiosurgery for lung cancer and other tumors of the thoracic cavity
  • Chemoperfusion for lung cancer and pleural malignancies
  • Open surgery for complex malignancies of the esophagus, lung, chest wall, and mediastinum
  • Endoscopic laser therapy for lung and esophageal tumors
  • Photodynamic therapy for esophageal cancer, high grade Barrett's dysplasia, and lung cancer
  • Endoscopic metal stents to palliate lung cancer and esophageal cancer
  • Isolated limb perfusion
  • Isolated hepatic perfusion
  • Laparoscopic surgeries for metastatic disease
Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Isolated limb perfusion
  • Isolated hepatic perfusion
  • Laparoscopic surgeries for metastatic disease
  • Distal pancreatectomy
  • Intraoperative ultrasound
  • Laparoscopic and robotic pancreatectomy
  • Pancreas-sparing tumor resections
  • Portal vein resection and reconstruction
  • Pylorus preserving pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple)
  • Nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy
  • Robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy
  • Radical cystectomy with neobladder reconstruction
  • Radical cystectomy with continent urinary diversion
  • Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy
  • Open radical nephrectomy
  • Laparoscopic and open partial nephrectomy
  • Radical nephrectomy with caval thrombus excision
  • Nerve-sparing retroperitoneal lymph node dissection
  • Post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection
  • Radical orchiectomy
  • Partial and radical penectomy
  • Inguinal lymph node dissection

Advanced or Inoperable Cancers at the David C. Koch Regional Cancer Therapy Center

If you have advanced cancer and surgery isn't an option, UPMC CancerCenter's David C. Koch Regional Perfusion Cancer Therapy Center offers treatments that may extend and improve your quality of life.

The center provides chemotherapy for people who have limited treatment options because their cancers have advanced beyond surgical removal, yet still are confined to an organ or region of the body. These procedures include: